Registering as a social worker: everything you need to know

Social workers are required to register with a recognised UK regulator. This tells the employer that you are legitimate and have the necessary qualifications to work in the sector. In this blog we cover all you need to know about the registration process. 

What do I need to know before registering? 

To register, you need to have an undergraduate or masters degree in social work. Once you have received written confirmation that you have been successful in completing the course (and have passed!) then you have the green light to start your application. 

Do note that it can take up to 5 working days for the regulator to receive the ‘pass list’ from your university or course provider. 

Who are the approved UK regulators? 

You can find the four official UK regulators for social care below. 

The regulator you choose to register with is obviously location dependent. 

How do I register? 

First thing’s first – you’ll need to make an account with the regulator you’re registering with. Next, you’ll be asked to prove your identity, as well as provide crucial documents such as proof of address and relevant qualifications. 

Social Work England have created a handy guide for UK applicants looking to register, which we recommend reading beforehand. 

Is there a fee? 

Once your application has been approved, you will be asked to pay a registration fee. Again, this will vary depending on which body you sign up with but failing to do so could result in your application being discontinued. 

How long does the membership last? 

In order to keep your membership, you must renew it annually. For UK social workers, this involves paying a fee and providing two examples of CPD; one of which must be a peer reflection. 


We hope this blog has helped elucidate the registration process for becoming a social worker. For further guidance, visit your local regulator’s website or get in touch with our team via email at [email protected]

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